Officials with Triple Crown Sports, which produces the NIVC postseason volleyball tournament for D-I programs, and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) have announced an agreement to work together to promote the NIVC throughout the NCAA volleyball universe.
Modeled after another iconic Triple Crown event, the WNIT, the NIVC takes 32 teams that were not selected to play in the 64-team NCAA Tournament and creates another high-energy postseason tournament where accomplished D-I programs compete for a national title. The original NIVC concept dates back to 1989-1995; Triple Crown revived the event in 2017.
The agreement will see the AVCA sharing updates and content as the NIVC draws closer on the calendar. Selection of the 2023 NIVC field is set for Nov. 26 – previous winners of the NIVC are Boston College (2022), UNLV (2021), Georgia Tech (2019), Iowa State (2018) and Ole Miss (2017). The 2020 event was cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Collegiate volleyball is enjoying a remarkable era of growth and interest, with attendance records being broken at every turn and more eyes tracking the action on multiple TV networks and streaming options,” said Dr. Jaime Gordon, chief executive officer of the AVCA. “The depth of talent in the NCAA D-I ranks definitely means remarkable programs and deserving student-athletes are left sitting outside the standard 64-team NCAA Tournament field.
“We feel the NIVC is a terrific opportunity for the next set of teams to display their competitive passion and notable skills. The AVCA is an avid supporter of the NIVC and will work hard to encourage teams to realize the benefits of postseason competition and the improvement rosters can enjoy by playing deeper into November and December. Ideally, the NIVC becomes a long-standing and valued part of the NCAA volleyball calendar.”
Fans can get in step with news on the NIVC (@WomensNIVC, www.womensNIVC.com), with feature articles on teams and the new Watch List, which will be updated as results bring more clarity to the possible field.
“Triple Crown Sports and the NIVC welcomes all the effort provided by the AVCA to expand awareness of our postseason championship. College volleyball has captured the imagination of innumerable sports fans, and we believe this tournament is an ideal way to show how dramatically student-athletes and coaches have pushed the sport forward,” said Jared Rudiger, director of volleyball at Triple Crown Sports. “We have dozens of college coaches who can vouch for the progress their teams enjoyed by playing in the NIVC, and we look forward to adding to that list of supporters.”
2023 NIVC dates:
Nov. 26 – Selection Night
Rounds 1/2 – between Nov. 29-Dec. 2
Round 3 – between Dec. 5-7
Semifinals – between Dec. 7-10
Championship – between Dec. 10-12